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Post-Bariatric Nutrition Planning: Your Diet After Surgery

By Peter Fisher, MD on March 02, 2018


A healthy balanced dietBariatric surgery is about change. Your body changes, your weight changes, the way your digestive tract processes food changes. In fact, your relationship to food even changes significantly. Our San Antonio, TX plastic surgery center can help with post-bariatric body contouring, and we can also discuss the practical needs you’ll have after a major weight loss procedure.

Let’s take a moment to consider some of the diet and nutritional needs you’ll have after your weight loss procedure is completed. This should give you realistic expectations about what to expect.

Smaller and More Frequent Meals

One of the biggest changes you’ll need to consider is eating several small meals a day rather than three regular meals. In a way, having multiple meals will help you plan out what you eat and what your body needs better. Certain routines may develop, which helps you balance out your nutritional needs.

Water Between Meals Rather Than During

Because you’ll have smaller meals, it’s important that you stay hydrated between meals rather than drinking water while you eat. Water can leave you feeling fuller faster if you drink it during a meal. This can lead to major vitamin and mineral deficiencies since you aren't making the most out of meal times.

Finding Sources of Protein

Protein is going to be an important part of your meals. Be sure to get the right amount of protein each day to ensure your body functions properly. Some good sources of protein to consider include:

  • Protein shakes
  • Lean chicken
  • Lean turkey
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Tofu
  • Non-fat cottage cheese
  • Non-fat yogurt

Fruits and Vegetables

In addition to protein, be sure to eat fruits and vegetables. These are wonderful sources of vitamins and minerals, and they’re great for you. Some recommended produce after bariatric surgery includes:

  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers

You’ll want to make sure of these are cooked so they are softer. Consult with you doctor or dietician about the right produce for you.

Foods You Should Avoid

Certain foods will wind up giving your body a tough time, and could lead to dumping syndrome. Try to avoid the following foods as much as possible:

  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Dried fruit
  • Granola
  • Raw fibrous vegetables
  • Breads
  • Dried meats
  • Tough meats
  • Fried foods

Discussing Vitamins and Supplements

While you’ll get a lot of your vitamins and minerals from the foods you eat, it’s a good idea to also take supplements just to make sure you’re meeting your recommended daily intake of various vitamins and minerals.

A multivitamin can help, but individual supplements you’ll also want to consider include:

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin B12

Be sure to discuss any vitamins or supplements with your doctor or a dietician.

One of Many Changes to Your Life

As we noted above, your relationship with food is just one of many changes you’ll face after bariatric surgery. For information on dealing with the many changes you’ll face after surgery, you can reach out to us. We’ll be more than happy to answer questions you may have, and direct you toward people and resources who may be better equipped to address your concerns.

Learn More About Post-Bariatric Changes

For more information about improving your health, wellness, and sense of well-being, be sure to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery practice today. Our team is here to help you look and feel great.

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